Books by Judy Schachner

STRETCHY MCHANDSOME by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2019

"Sure to elicit purrs from kitty-loving readers. (Picture book. 2-8)"
This appealing orange kitty needs a break from his family. Read full book review >
SARABELLA'S THINKING CAP by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A specious attempt to present an inclusive view of the self-expression of creative children. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sarabella is a quiet and contemplative young girl who doesn't always choose to verbalize her thoughts. Read full book review >
DEWEY BOB by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An undisciplined mess. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The creator of Skippyjon Jones leaves behind, at least temporarily, her bestselling Siamese kitten's Frito Bandito-speak for pure corn pone in her new story of a little hoarder raccoon. Read full book review >
BITS & PIECES by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Fellow cat fanciers will appreciate Schachner's low-key tale and share her unabashed love for her furry friend. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Another charming slice-of-(real)-life story from veteran author/illustrator Schachner that will particularly please fans of The Grannyman (1999). Read full book review >
SKIPPYJON JONES CIRQUE DE OLÉ by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Olé, muchachos! Skippyjon Jones the handsome daredevil-ito! (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Circus berserkus!" Skippyjon Jones heads for the big top! Read full book review >
SKIPPYJON JONES CLASS ACTION by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Children will find much to laugh at in Skippyjon's latest adventure, and although much of the wordplay will go over kids' heads, adults who are asked for repeated readings will appreciate it. (Picture book. 5-8)"
That irrepressible, big-eared Siamese cat with an identity complex is back, this time desperate to go to school just like the dogs. Read full book review >
SKIPPYJON JONES AND THE BIG BONES by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

That devilish, irrepressible Skippyjon Jones is back in his fourth adventure and digging up big-time trouble—again. Skippyjon loves digging in Mrs. Dolly Doohiggy's garden because that's where her bulldog Darwin buries his bones. And bones lead to dinosaurs. "I'm going to be a famous paleontologist!," Skippyjon says as he disappears into his closet and greets his friends the Chimichango gang. Suddenly they find themselves surrounded by a rhumba line of extinct dinosaurs, and Skippyjon comes face-to-face with a T. Mexito. But dino-dudes are no match for El Skippito Friskito who rules the day, olé. With the familiar acrylic and pen-and-ink illustrations of this goofy pint-size cat who thinks he's a Chihuahua, large-type sound effects, Spanglish words and silly rhymes, fans will cheer for this loco kitty and his funny-bones escapade. (CD) (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
SKIPPYJON JONES IN MUMMY TROUBLE by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

When Skippyjon Jones, the Siamese boy kitty who thinks he's a Chihuahua, reads about cat mummies in National Leographic ("thinking outside the [litter] box"), his overactive imagination whisks him off to Egypt (via his closet). His old amigos from his first two stories want to visit the Under Mundo "where mummitos rest in peas," but first they have to answer the "Reedle of the Finx." The farfetched antics in this third tale are peppered with the usual "Spanglish" wordplay and the acrylic, and pen-and-ink illustrations exaggerate the likable silliness to the nth degree. The opening scene of toilet paper strung 'round the bathroom will be familiar to many cat owners, for instance. And watching him wrapped like a mummy to meet King Rootin-Tootin-Kitten-Kabootin is a stitch. Egyptian references, like Osiris, will need to be explained, but fans will no doubt want more of the "beeg Chihuahua dude." A bonus is the CD read by the author. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
SKIPPYJON JONES IN THE DOGHOUSE by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

Holy Jalapeño! That devilish, disarming, dog-eared Siamese kitten who thinks he's a Chihuahua is back and in trouble—again. His crayon artwork on the walls rubs Mama Junebug's fur the wrong way and she gives him a timeout with the threat NOT to go in his closet or he'll be in the doghouse. But quicker than you can say Skippyjon Jones, the naughty cat dons his mask and cape and superhero Skippito is off on another Mexican adventure with his old amigos, Los Chimichangos, banishing the menacing, nodding Bobble-ito monster (an itty-bitty kitten bobblehead) from their doghouse. Playful type embellishes exaggerated "Splanish" words and the watercolor-pen-ink caricatures are as perky and outsized as Skippyjon's ears. Olé to the greatest poco perrito; he's as full of beans as in the first escapade. Más, por favor. (CD read by the author) (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
SKIPPYJON JONES by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

Skippyjon Jones insists he's not a Siamese cat despite ears too big for his head and a head too big for his body. This rambunctious kitty with an overactive imagination prefers to be El Skippito, a Zorro-like sword fighter. Walking through his closet, he meets a mysterioso band of Chichuahuas called Los Chimichangos. The masked Skippyjon joins them, pretending to be a dog and claiming he loves "mice and beans." The Chimichangos are convinced he will bid adios to the bad bandito Bumblebeeto who steals their frijoles. And yippito, he does. Returning home where Mama Junebug Jones and the girls are waiting—his closet explodes with a birthday piñata of goodies. This pun-filled spoof is over-the-top comedy littered with Spanish words and "Spanglish" accents (bees-ness). Mama's pet names for Skippyjon—Mr. Kitten Britches, Fluffernutter—add affectionate touches. Colorful, lively illustrations exaggerate the hilarity. No ethnic aspersions intended, just laugh-out-loud humor. Both feline hero and story are full of beans (more Mexican-jumping than pinto) but ay caramba, mucho fun. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >